2014-15Regular SeasonRound 6
November 19, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ARENA STOZICE
Besiktas wins big in Ljubljana to go atop of the group
Chris Lofton - Besiktas Integral Forex - EC14 (photo Besiktas JK)

Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul grabbed a sole possession of the first place in Group D with a resounding 57-80 road win over Union Olimpija Ljubljana. With this victory Besiktas improved to 5-1 and all but qualified for the Last 32, while Olimpija dropped to 4-2 and a shared of the second place with Khimki Moscow Region. The visitors took control with 5 three-pointers in the first quarter that helped them open a double-digit lead. They held 30-42 at the break, before opening the third quarter with a 0-11 run that broke the game wide open. Eurocup’s leading scorer Chris Lofton led the way with 27 points on 6-for-10 three-point shooting, and Engin Atsur added 13 points in victory. Alen Omic scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half for Olimpija, and Marko Marinovic netted 12 in the losing effort.

It was a quarter of big runs in the opening 10 minutes. Besiktas opened the game with a 1-9 lead, run capped with a three-pointer from Atsur, but Olimpija replied with back-to-back triples from Marko Marinovic and Hristo Nikolov to help reach 10-9 lead. However, Besiktas answered with four consecutive three-pointers, two apiece from Ryan Broekhoff and Lofton, grabbing 14-24 lead after the first period. Paolo Marinelli started the second quarter with a three for Olimpija, but Kenan Bajramovic hit from downtown for Besiktas, and Kerem Tunceri raced for a fastbreak layup to help the visitors to 17-31. Klemen Prepelic and Halil Kanacevic scored for the hosts, and despite Lofton making his third shot from downtown, a three-pointer from Marinovic cut it to 29-36. But Bajramovic scored 4 points to make sure Besiktas takes 30-42 lead into the break.

On its first three possessions of the second half, Lofton scored twice, before Atsur added a triple for 30-49. Atsur and John Holland added layups to cap a 0-11 run. Olimpija stepped it up on defense, however, and held Besiktas without a field goal for the final 7 minutes of the quarter, and behind 7 points from Alen Omic cut the deficit to 42-56 going into the final 10 minutes. A triple from Marinovic and a pair of baskets from Omic cut it to 49-58, but any thought of a comeback disappeared with back-to-back long range shots from Lofton. His third triple in less than 2 minutes, and sixth for the night, extended it to 51-67, and Besiktas never looked back, ending the game on a 4-12 run.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Referees: BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), PUTENKO, ILYA (RUS)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana14161215
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul24181424
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Union Olimpija Ljubljana14304257
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul24425680
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 MARINELLI, PAOLO 19:40 3 0/2 1/2     1 1 1   2     5   -5
7 HROVAT, GREGOR 27:28 4 1/5 0/3 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 2   2 2 2 -2
8 BRODNIK, JAKA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 VUCETIC, VASILIJE 3:27                     1       1
18 NIKOLOV, HRISTO 22:37 9 3/4 1/4   1 7 8 1   2     2   10
21 MAHKOVIC, BLAZ 26:23 4 1/2   2/4   3 3 1   1   1 2 3 4
23 OMIC, ALEN 29:24 16 6/11   4/6 1 3 4   1 1 1   3 7 18
24 PREPELIC, KLEMEN 23:43 3 1/2 0/7 1/1   1 1 3 3       3 1  
41 MARINOVIC, MARKO 26:32 12 1/1 3/8 1/2 1 2 3 4 1 3 1   2 4 14
45 KANACEVIC, HALIL 20:46 6 3/5 0/1 0/1 2   2 5   2     4 3 6
Team           1 5 6               6
Totals 200:00 57 16/32 5/25 10/16 7 24 31 16 6 13 3 3 23 20 52
        50% 20% 62.5%
Head coach: PIPAN, ALES
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LOFTON, CHRIS 27:18 27 3/3 6/10 3/4   2 2 2   1     1 4 28
5 GULER, MURATCAN 17:08 2 1/2 0/2   1 2 3 1 2 1     3   1
7 TASKIRAN, ENES 0:20                              
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 11:50 2 1/1           3 1 3       1 4
12 ERDENIZ, CANER 4:14     0/2     1 1 1         1   -1
13 HOLLAND, JOHN 33:28 6 2/3 0/1 2/2   3 3     1     2 2 6
14 ATSUR, ENGIN 28:10 13 2/2 2/5 3/4   2 2 3 1 1   1 2 5 16
25 JOHNSON, JAJUAN 11:01 6 3/5 0/1     2 2 1   1     4   1
26 ARMSTRONG, HILTON 20:18 4 1/4   2/4 1 4 5 2     2   2 5 11
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 26:31 6 0/2 2/4   2 6 8 1       1 2 1 9
51 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 11:25 7 1/3 1/2 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 1     2 3 10
65 SENLI, DOGAN 8:17 7 2/4   3/4   5 5 1   2 1 1 2 2 8
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 80 16/29 11/27 15/20 6 31 37 16 6 11 3 3 21 23 96
        55.2% 40.7% 75%
Head coach: KANDEMIR, AHMET

Head Coaches

PIPAN, ALES
Union Olimpija Ljubljana
"I am sorry for our fans who came in good numbers today. They saw our worst game of the season. We played the way we shouldn't and the way we did not agree before the game. We did not pressure the opponent in defense, we didn't play aggressive on their scorers. We left them alone to make shots. I don't know why my players reacted this way. I did not expect this at all. The experienced guests used this and got into their rhythm. When a player is in a rhythm, it’s not easy to stop him even if you start defending him afterwards. We played terrible defense on the ball. We were very bad in defense overall and in offense we did not perform as expected. The guests used that and won the game."
KANDEMIR, AHMET
Besiktas Integral Forex Istanbul
"Union Olimpija is the only team that defeated us in the Eurocup. They played without Begic and Salin. These two are important players for this team. Our next game in [the Turkish League] is very important and we wanted to play a good game today. We controlled the whole game, except for a moment in third quarter when they pressured us. In that moment Lofton scored some important points for us and the opponent gave up a little. I am happy that we won and kept first place in the group. Ljubljana has a great basketball atmosphere, great fans. I would like to congratulate and praise Union Olimpija on its organization, great gym and their fans."